Archive for: April 2014

Children Need Specialists To Treat Bone, Joint Or Muscle Problems

by Audrey Madigan


Being active is part of being a child. From the moment children learn to take their first steps, they are in motion. They are climbing, running, swinging, tumbling, jumping in school, sports, gymnastics, cheerleading, karate and a multitude of other activities. Activity is great for children, but as we all know, it can also cause injuries. Read more →

Healthy Choices: Families, Schools, Community

by Aneisa McDonald, MS


The foundation for a lifetime of good health is built early. Parents, schools, community organizations and faith-based institutions have an incredible opportunity to create an environment for young children that supports healthy choices.  Have you ever noticed that children pay as much attention to what we do as much as what we say?  Role modeling can be a powerful tool to guide children toward healthy eating and active living.  That includes eating more home-cooked healthy meals with your family and helping children learn healthy ways to create simple meals.  Another opportunity for setting a good example is through regular exercise.  Children should be active for at least 60 minutes every day, and families benefit—and a good example is set—when everyone gets involved. Read more →

Stress Management: Not Just For Adults

By Kathryn Rea Smith, PH.D.


Recently, the American Psychological Association (APA) released results of a survey on stress levels in America (see to view the full report). According to the survey, adolescents reported stress levels during the school year that surpassed those of adults. The teens reported symptoms of stress including irritability, anger, anxiety, nervousness, and lying awake at night. School was cited as the most common source of stress, along with stress about getting into college or deciding what to do after high school, and stress related to their family’s financial circumstances. The teens who reported the most stress also reported eating more, sleeping less, and exercising less than teens who reported lower stress levels.  Read more →

The Power of Healthy Role Models

               By Barry Van Over, President of Premier Martial Arts International


Untitled-21Guiding your child in finding positive role models can be very helpful in that child’s development. Children often don’t have inner instructions to go by, and sometimes they internalize information gathered from the world around them in order to thrive in society.

Healthy role models can have a powerful influence on children by helping them realize their potential. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself where your child picked up certain behavioral traits? The influence could be you, your child’s siblings, friends, teachers and even the characters they follow on television. Every one of these influences is a role model for your child. Read more →

The Sweet Truth

Extinguish obesity with WATER

Article and photo by Liz Stucke, owner of Admissions Prep & Board President of the TN Clean Water Network 


Which beverage has more calories and more grams of sugar?  A 12 ounce cola or 12 ounces of a leading brand’s 100% White Grape Juice targeted for babies and toddlers?   I was shocked to find out that 12 ounces of the White Grape juice has 240 calories and 80 grams of sugar compared to the cola’s 150 calories and 41 grams of sugar.  While most people know feeding soda to their young child is not healthy, who knew that a juice marketed for babies and toddlers is more sugary (still unhealthy, even though the sugars are naturally formed fruit sugars) and caloric than a can of soda?  Read more →

My Own Ten Rules for Healthy Living

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.



The humorist James Thurber once wrote a tongue-in-cheek essay entitled “My Own Ten Rules for a Happy Marriage.”  Rule Two suggested, “A man should make an honest effort to get the names of his wife’s friends right.” Rule Six noted, “A husband should try to remember where things are around the house, so that he does not have to wait for his wife to get home from the hairdresser’s before he can put his hands on what he wants.” In the spirit of Thurber’s essay, I would like to list “My Own Ten Rules for Healthy Living.”  Read more →

A Healthy Heart

What it means to be healthy in spirit

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools



Have you ever heard the familiar phrase ‘healthy in mind, body and spirit’? There is certainly quite a bit of research conducted and presented on the lifestyle practices and factors that contribute to a healthy body in the physical sense. A healthy mind is one typically defined as having the cognitive capacity to function within society without deviant behavior that would impede or prevent successful, productive functioning. But, what does it mean to be healthy in spirit? What are the attributes of a spiritually fit person? How do we cultivate spiritual health in our children? To answer these questions, we have to go straight to the ‘heart’ of the matter.  Read more →

No More Itching

Recent FDA approval signals relief for hives sufferers

by Marek M. Pienkowski, M.D., Ph.D.


Untitled-12Everyone experiences at some point in life episodes of itching, swelling and redness on the skin, also known as “hives” or “urticaria.” For those with persistent urticaria, there is now new hope – Xolair.  Hives can occur as a result of the body’s reaction to certain allergens such as pollens, animals and dust mites. Hives can also occur as the result of the consumption of foods or medications, such as aspirin or morphine (or their derivatives), or ACE inhibitors (which lower blood pressure).  In some people, hives can also be precipitated by strenuous exercise, exposure to cold temperatures or by an autoimmune condition. Read more →

Smiles Improve Your health In More Ways Than You Know

by Jeffrey Eberting, D.M.D., M.S.



I am sure that many of you have seen the advertisement campaign that the American Association of Orthodontists has been running on television over the past few years.  “My Life, My Smile, My Orthodontist” is a consumer awareness program which aims to educate the public about the benefits of orthodontic treatment.  So why all the hubbub?  Why is it so important for us to have perfect smiles?  Dentistry aims to promote and preserve healthy teeth and gums – we get this.  Toothaches are no fun.  Premature tooth loss due to gum disease is no spring stroll through the park.  But straight teeth – what’s the big deal?  Is a perfect smile THAT important? Read more →

Walking On Tiptoes

by Marcin Gornsiewicz, M.D.



My 13 year old son is an avid soccer player. He plays for his school team. He is in Knoxville Football Club, and with the beginning of spring, the number of training sessions and games have increased. He is very fit and sporty, has suffered no obvious injury, so it took me by surprise when he recently started complaining of pain in both of his heels during and shortly after soccer sessions. The more he played, the more he struggled. Eventually, he came to a point where he couldn’t run to keep up with other players, and his soccer skills suffered. There hasn’t been any swelling or bruising, and he wears decent quality cleats. So, why is he in pain? Is this a potentially serious problem? Should he continue playing? Read more →